Good it is to keep the fast

Good it is to keep the fast

Author: Gregory the Great; Translator: H. W. Baker
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1 Good it is to keep the fast
shadowed forth in ages past,
which our own Almighty Lord
hallowed by his deed and word.

2 Moses, while he fasted, saw
God who gave by him the law;
to Elijah angels came,
steeds of fire and car of flame.

3 So was Daniel meet to gaze
on the sight of latter days
and the Baptist to proclaim
blessings through the Bridegroom’s name.

4 Grant us, Lord, like them to be
oft in prayer and fast with thee;
fill us with thy heavenly might,
be our joy and true delight.

5 Father, hear us through thy Son,
and the Spirit, with thee One,
whom our thankful hearts adore
ever and for evermore.

Source: CPWI Hymnal #115

Author: Gregory the Great

Gregory I., St., Pope. Surnamed The Great. Was born at Rome about A.D. 540. His family was distinguished not only for its rank and social consideration, but for its piety and good works. His father, Gordianus, said to have been the grandson of Pope Felix II. or III., was a man of senatorial rank and great wealth; whilst his mother, Silvia, and her sisters-in-law, Tarsilla and Aemiliana, attained the distinction of canonization. Gregory made the best use of his advantages in circumstances and surroundings, so far as his education went. "A saint among saints," he was considered second to none in Rome in grammar, rhetoric, and logic. In early life, before his father's death, he became a member of the Senate; and soon after he was thirty and ac… Go to person page >

Translator: H. W. Baker

Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were cont… Go to person page >

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First Line: Good it is to keep the fast
Author: Gregory the Great
Translator: H. W. Baker
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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